I will offer you some study tips that my chemistry teacher gave us. I have an A in the class so far and so they must be working!
The document will not let me cut and paste for some reason and it is long so I will give you the important details:
1) Set the time and place for your learning. Chose a place that is convinient and free of distractions. DO NOT STUDY LYING DOWN. Your mind and body associate this with sleeping and tend to shut down under those circumstances.
2) Know what is coming. It is easier to understand and learn if you know what to expect. (he just suggests that we read ahead...a quick glimpse to get ourselves ready to learn about it)
3)make the information meaningful to you. Try to make a connection with the information. Remember EVERYTHING around you is made up of chemistry.
4)quiz and test yourself.
He goes on to say:
One current model of memory suggests that when the brain encounters new information a 24 hour timer is started. If the information is seen again within that 24 hour period the information is given an "address" and the 24 hour timer is reset. Everytime the information is seen before the timer runs out, the information is given a better "address" in your memory. If the info is not seen again in the 24 hours then the address is difficult to find and the information not as accessible.
So he says to just to be sure to review the info for like 15 minutes daily. Your mind will say...ahaaa I have seen this before, I'm seeing it again, it must be important. Let me file it HERE. And then it sees it again and says hey we better move this up to a better location because i'm seeing it AGAIN, it must be important. and so on.
So to take advantae of this, he suggests this sequence.
A) skim the material. Read the introduction to the chapter. Take 10 minutes and skim the chapter. Read the objectives titles and boldface words. Look at diagrams, pictures. If you do this more than 24 hours before class than just take 5 minutes within 24 hrs of class to review it again.
B) take notes in class. Since you have already skimmed the info, class will be resetting your 24 hour timer. Lecture should clarify some points for you.
c) after class briefly 5-10 minutes review your notes from class, REALLY read the text and do the problems at the back of the chapter.
He also suggests we take a blank piece of paper and try to write down all of the terms we remember from memory. As you study do this again. And again. You will find your list getting longer.
(this really worked for me too)
I hope this helps you.